Extra Bases

Big-league fun in the minors

Sometimes when going to the game is “work” you forget how much fun it really is. I had a good reminder of it yesterday.

Five of us, including my 5-year-old nephew and 9-year-old niece, went to see the Pawtucket Red Sox game at McCoy Stadium. For me, it was a blast to see my nephew cheering on the players — he decided Dusty Brown was his favorite — and smiling like it was Christmas when he had his photo taken with the mascot. My niece was happy to see Jacoby Ellsbury play and took her time spending my money in the gift shop.

If you’re looking for something to do with your kids before the summer ends, take them to a minor-league game. There are teams throughout New England and surely one is an easy ride for you.

You’ll sit close to the action, the concession prices are not outrageous and there’s plenty to do for kids. The people at McCoy could not be nicer, too. For me, it was fun to look around at the photos of players who came through there over the years.

You’re probably a baseball fan if you navigated your way to this blog, right? I think as fans, we owe it to the game to get kids interested and there’s no better way to do that than with a trip to see your local team.

So whether it’s Pawtucket, Portland, Lowell, New Hampshire, Vermont or one of the teams in Connecticut, go catch a game this month before the season ends. You’ll be glad you did.


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